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Japan, Israel, Netherlands win in World Baseball Classic


              Japan's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hits a two-run shot against Cuba's pitcher Jonder Martinez in the seventh inning of their first round game o...

              Netherlands's Randolph Oduber, center, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two-run home against South Korea's pitcher Won Jon...

              Netherlands's Randolph Oduber hits a two-run home against South Korea's pitcher Won Jonghyun during the 6th inning of their first round...

              Netherlands's Randolph Oduber, center, celebrates with Andrelton Simmons and Dashenko Ricardohits, right, after hitting a two-run home ...

              South Korea's Manager Kim In-sik, second from right, lowers his head after the 8th inning of the first round game against Netherlands a...

              Netherlands team celebrate their victory against South Korea after first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome i...

              Japan's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, right, celebrates with teammate Ryosuke Kikuchi after hitting a two-run shot against Cuba's pitcher Jonder ...

              Japan's manager Hiroki Kokubo, fourth from right, celebrates with his players after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the ...

              Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita, left, celebrates with Japan's catcher Seiji Kobayashi after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game...

              Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne leaves for his dugout after being stuck out looking to lose to Japan 11-6 in their first round game of the Wor...

              Japan's catcher Seiji Kobayashi, center, celebrates with teammates after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the World Baseb...

              Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita pitches against Cuba in the ninth inning to beat Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the World Baseba...

              Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita pitches against Cuba in the ninth inning to win their first round game 11-6 at the World Baseball Classi...

Japan's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hits a two-run shot against Cuba's pitcher Jonder Martinez in the seventh inning of their first round game o...

Netherlands's Randolph Oduber, center, celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two-run home against South Korea's pitcher Won Jon...

Netherlands's Randolph Oduber hits a two-run home against South Korea's pitcher Won Jonghyun during the 6th inning of their first round...

Netherlands's Randolph Oduber, center, celebrates with Andrelton Simmons and Dashenko Ricardohits, right, after hitting a two-run home ...

South Korea's Manager Kim In-sik, second from right, lowers his head after the 8th inning of the first round game against Netherlands a...

Netherlands team celebrate their victory against South Korea after first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome i...

Japan's Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, right, celebrates with teammate Ryosuke Kikuchi after hitting a two-run shot against Cuba's pitcher Jonder ...

Japan's manager Hiroki Kokubo, fourth from right, celebrates with his players after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the ...

Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita, left, celebrates with Japan's catcher Seiji Kobayashi after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game...

Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne leaves for his dugout after being stuck out looking to lose to Japan 11-6 in their first round game of the Wor...

Japan's catcher Seiji Kobayashi, center, celebrates with teammates after beating Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the World Baseb...

Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita pitches against Cuba in the ninth inning to beat Cuba 11-6 in their first round game of the World Baseba...

Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita pitches against Cuba in the ninth inning to win their first round game 11-6 at the World Baseball Classi...

TOKYO (AP) — Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer as Japan scored five runs in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-6 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.

With two-time champion Japan leading 3-1 in the fifth inning, Matsuda made it 6-1 with a homer into the left-field stands at Tokyo Dome. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo added a two-run shot two innings later to widen the lead.

Cuba scored three runs in the seventh inning, including a solo shot by Alfredo Despaigne, and added two more runs in the eighth.

Ayumu Ishikawa gave up one run on two hits in 58 pitches over four innings for the win.

In Seoul, Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Nate Freiman added a three-run shot in the ninth to help Israel beat Taiwan 15-7 and improve to 2-0.

Israel's batters chased Taiwan starter Chun-Lin Kuo from the game before he could secure his third out, opening the top of the first with four straight hits and tagging Kuo for four runs in the frame.

Corey Baker went 4 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. The 27-year-old right-hander is in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization and reached Triple-A last season.

In the other game in Seoul, Jurickson Profar and Randolph Obuder both hit two-run homers to give the Netherlands a 5-0 win over South Korea.

Former Major League starter Rick van den Hurk, who spent the past two seasons pitching in Japan, allowed three hits and walked two over four shutout innings for the win.


Updated : 2021-05-07 21:27 GMT+08:00